Chinese radical show – “talk” radical (1)

Posted by Grace Feng on March 12, 2012

Starting from this post, I’ll introduce some general Chinese radicals that frequently appear in Chinese characters. To make it simple for you to memorize, I’ll just simply make a beautiful card with the radical on it’s left, and one English word to explain what it symbolize on the right.

In Chinese, radical is called 部首 bù shǒu or 偏旁 piān páng. The following card will help you memorize the look of the radical and meaning it represents. Thus whenever you encounter a Chinese character with that radical in it, you’ll guess out roughly what it means.

So today we start from the very first one:

It’s related to “talk“. Characters with this radical are mostly related to talk, lecture, verbal communications. Such as 说话 shuō huà (talk), 讲课 jiǎng kè (give a lecture, teach) etc.

Chinese radical show - "talk" radical (1)



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3 Responses to “Chinese radical show – “talk” radical (1)”

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    03-12-2012 10:43 am

    This is a good idea for those who have been studying Chinese for a few months and who are perhaps only studying Pinyin.

    When it comes to learning Chinese characters, any help you can get to enable you to recognize the characters and have an idea of their meaning is important.


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      03-13-2012 1:15 am

      Thanks for your encouragement, Barry. I agree with you on how important it is to learn some tips and tricks to help you memorize Chinese characters.

      In my opinion, if you can memorize the most used radicals, they are only about 30 to 40, then it’ll be much easier for you to speed up your character recognition later on. Actually native Chinese use radicals and components to guess the meaning of an unknown character too.


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